The question is as old as time itself, and has been asked from generation to generation: What makes two polar opposites attract so well? The question is pondered once again on a split 7” featuring Long Island, New York’s Sainthood Reps and San Diego, California’s Weatherbox. While from different labels (the former on No Sleep, the latter on Youth Conspiracy), the pair has come together to contribute their talents to the Topshelf Records family, and results are exceptional to say the least.
Though only two songs total (one per side), the split does an excellent job of showcasing the qualities that make these acts stand out in their respective genres. On Side A, we have Sainthood Reps, who proves that its angst-drenched sound is not one to be messed with. For fans of the Tooth & Nail release Monoculture, there won’t be any huge change-ups in style or sound, but those that are just being exposed to the act will most likely be taken off guard by how raw their contribution to the split is. The band channels a distorted cross between Nirvana’s In Utero and Brand New’s Daisy, and it shows well on “Deadlines”.
Side B features Weatherbox’s “Big News”, a much poppier song in comparison to Sainthood Reps’ contribution. The distortion is a little bit more dialed down, but still definitely present – making for an alternative/power-pop sound that falls somewhere between Cheap Girls and Motion City Soundtrack. The overall tone of the track is laid-back, yet still aesthetically vibrant – a common trait found in Weatherbox’s discography. Lead singer Brian Warren’s nasally approach to the material is well-suited and flows naturally, which ends up being one of the biggest reasons to pick up this split.
While the split isn’t by any means a game-changer, or even the best material by either band, it does do an excellent job of showcasing two great bands at the top of their game. It’s for this reason I’d highly recommend you give it a listen. By doing this, you’re supporting two excellent acts and a great label as well for only $2 at their Bandcamp. Whatta ya got to lose?